Area Development
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has selected Union County, South Carolina, for a $19 million manufacturing facility investment. The company will create at least 100 jobs.

"We are encouraged by the forecast improvements in the economic outlook and excited about the investments being made in this new facility to support our North American initiatives," said Andrew Masterman, president and CEO of ESAB North America. "The goal is to optimize our manufacturing operations to enable us to better support our customers. ESAB is financially strong, and we believe this investment demonstrates our commitment to the business to make sure we can take competitive advantage of opportunities as the economy recovers."

ESAB will produce its MIG and Sub Arc brands of welding wire at a new 250,000-square-foot plant. It expects the first production lines to be operational by the end of the year.